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National DNA Day

National DNA Day is an annual, global celebration of the discovery of the DNA double helix structure. This year is extra special! People across the world on April 25, 2023 will commemorate both the 20th anniversary of the Human Genome Project’s completion and the 70th anniversary of the discovery of the DNA double helix.

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The National Human Genome Research Institute (NHGRI) is a leader in the celebration of National DNA Day. Since 2003, National DNA Day has brought students, educators and the general public together on April 25 to celebrate the completion of the human genome project in 2003 and the discovery of the double helix in 1953. DNA Day’s mission statement highlights its vision and purpose:

National DNA Day is a global movement to mobilize, energize and empower communities, educators and students to innovate, collaborate and discover the promise of our shared humanity and connection to the natural world.

Special thanks to the educators and community partners who led the development of the mission statement, in collaboration with the NHGRI’s Education and Community Involvement Branch: Jasmin Alim, Mandy Guinn, Mohamed Hassan, Chanda Jefferson, Jeffrey Mahr, Brandon Manor, Acacia McKenna, Marie Montes-Matias, Todd Nims, Rosalyn Parson and Melanie Stegman.

DNA Day Starter Kit

Starter Kit

The DNA Day Starter Kit contains a style guide, press release templates and other materials you need to plan the perfect classroom or community event. Download the entire kit or just the things you need to make your event a success.

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Activity Ideas

Our list of high quality educational activities will help you engage students at your DNA Day event. From lesson plans to hands-on learning tools, we guarantee your students will gain a new appreciation for genomics and have fun in the process. 

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Last updated: February 12, 2023